REVIEW: Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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REVIEW: “Cut Resistant” Kevlar Gloves

April 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I keep lots of gloves in our RV – so many that my wife thinks I have a glove hoarding problem and/or fetish. But each pair really does serve a unique purpose. An example is these G&F Kevlar Cut Resistant Gloves ( which are designed to protect hands from cuts and abrasions. These gloves are made of cut resistant Kevlar. (Click the pic for more info.) At first glance, these gloves looks like ordinary cotton gardening gloves. But closer inspection reveals that they are made of cut resistant Kevlar. Note that they are cut resistant, not cut proof. If you really wanted to cut these gloves with a sharp knife, you could probably do so. But it would take some effort. Kevlar offers protection from the sort of small cuts that may happen when handling tools like knives and other blades. Some people use these gloves while working with wood. Others like to wear these gloves in the kitchen when using dangerous tools like a Japanese mandolin. If you want your Kevlar gloves to last, use them for cutting tasks ONLY. Use different gloves for work. (Click the pic for more info.) The goal here is to protect one’s hands from sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass, and other materials. These particular gloves are studded with PVC dots on both sides that provide excellent grip. Note that over time the PVC dots can get damaged as you handle heavy objects. I have worn these Kevlar gloves while working with a chainsaw and handling wood. I have no illusions that these... Read more

REVIEW: Comfort Sleep Mask

April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One popular video on our YouTube Channel ( offers advice on sleeping in an RV ( A quality sleep mask like the Lewis & Clark Comfort Eye Mask ( really helps one get a good night of sleep. Advice on sleeping? It sounds crazy, at least until the first time you go camping in your RV. It takes a little time and experience for your sleep in a “home on wheels” to be just as satisfying as sleep in a brick-and-mortar home. With any RV comes a few issues with regard to ambient light and sound. We’ve found that keeping a few key items in the RV like sleep masks makes a big difference when we’re on the road. Most RVs have some “light leakage” issues, and a quality sleep mask solves them all. The "comfort sleep mask" is large (that's a good thing as it blocks out light), and the material is nice and soft. (Click the pic for more info.) It’s also true that sleep involves conditioning. If you regularly wear a sleep mask, you become conditioned to it. In other words, the simple act of putting on the mask can put your mind in a more relaxed state, encouraging sleep. The Lewis & Clark sleep mask is a well regarded bestseller. It’s certainly a cut above the average masks you might find in your local department store. The mask consists of a pad of cushioned material that blocks out light. The material is thick and soft. (If you are sleeping in a very warm climate, it... Read more

“Zzz” Better with Memory Foam

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One of our all-time favorite RV upgrades is our memory foam mattress topper ( It transformed our lousy RV mattress into a comfy place to sleep. But if we were shopping today, we might replace the entire mattress with a memory foam RV mattress ( For a little more than a mere topper, now you can outfit your rig with a complete mattress. With the RV camping season upon us, this may be the best upgrade you can make. Memory foam is the key to sleep in an RV! (Click the pic for more info.) We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. It’s tough to enjoy a day if you didn’t get quality sleep the night before. Yet most RVs are equipped with thin mattresses that provide minimal back support. In fact, the average RV mattress is scarcely more supportive than a pile of dead leaves. Our Airstream mattress, which is simply an average off-the-rack RV mattress, rests on a hard slab of plywood. It’s kind of like sleeping on a lumpy piece of wood. What do you get when you place a thin lousy mattress on top of a hard surface? You get a backache, that’s what you get. You also get grumpy. You get into arguments. Eventually, you get a divorce. Don’t get a divorce. Get memory foam. Lay a mattress topper on top of an ordinary RV mattress for a vast improvement in sleep! (Click the pic for more info.) What is memory foam? It’s another modern material that’s improving our lives. It’s soft yet firm, offering both... Read more

GUMMI PFLEGE: Save Your Rubber Seals

March 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Another fantastic “secret” garage product is Gummi Pflege ( This is a wonderful German rubber care product that is especially popular amongst “in the know” BMW owners. But the protective properties of Gummi Pflege are good for rubber seals on all-American RVs, too. This is "the good stuff" for all things RUBBER - especially door seals. (Click the pic for more info.) Gummi Pflege works wonders on rubber trim and seals. BMW guys love to use it on weather seals that line the doors, hood, and truck of their cars. It helps to reduce squeaks, rattles, and potential water leaks. Any rubber surface benefits from an occasional dose of Gummi Pflege, but it’s especially good with seals. I doubt you’ll ever see this product in a typical retail store. Perhaps one reason that not many people know about Gummi Pflege is the weird name. In truth, the name “Gummi Pflege Stift” sounds quite exotic – until you realize it’s simply German for “Rubber Maintenance Stick!” The product comes in a “shoe polish” style applicator stick. Simply open the cap, tilt the stick, and rub the foam applicator onto the rubber surface. There’s minimal waste; just be careful when opening the container. Gummi Pflege protects rubber from the damaging effects of excessive cold, heat, and UV rays. Gummi Pflege is especially good at preserving the elasticity of rubber. It helps prevent the dreaded drying and cracking... Read more

Awesome Microfiber Cleaning… GLOVES?!

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you read our website ( on a regular basis then you are well aware of my husband’s love of gloves. I joke with him that it’s an addiction. He has a ridiculous number of gloves– for warm weather, cold weather, wet weather, hitching, sewer duty, camera duty… The list goes on. These microfiber cleaning gloves are awesome. Ladies, get your husbands a pair! (Click the pic for more info.) But yesterday he surprised me. He bought himself a pair of Clean Green High-Performance Microfiber Cleaning and Dusting Gloves ( Yes, you read that right. My husband bought a pair of gloves to CLEAN and DUST! Oh happy day! These little gems work wonders. They make cleaning super easy because they attract dust like a magnet. That means you don’t have to use any dusting sprays or chemicals, which cuts down on your cleaning supply costs and helps the environment! Just slip them on and get to wiping. And that’s just what he’s done! The microfibers act as a DUST MAGNET - no need for sprays or chemicals! (Click the pic for more info.) They are especially good for wiping down decorative “knick-knacks” and blinds because you can clean the smallest details using just your fingertips. What used to be the most time consuming part of dusting and cleaning, is now the quickest. In our Airstream, dust is an issue that merits special attention. We get a lot of dust accumulation as we travel. This is due to a variety of reasons unique to... Read more

Heat Your RV with Propane WITHOUT Using Electricity

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As winter rolls in, we’re always on the lookout for better ways to keep our RV warm. The Camco Olympian Wave Heater ( merits special attention. This is a propane powered radiant heater that’s designed for use inside an RV. Olympian Wave heaters can be wall mounted, or left standing and used as portable space heaters. 3000 BTUs of safe propane powered heat. These heaters are available in 3000 BTU, 6000 BTU, and 8000 BTU variants. This heat output will heat anywhere from 130 to 290 square feet of interior space. Olympian Wave heaters are powered by propane and use no electricity. With an Olympian Wave heater there’s no battery drain whatsoever. (This is a nice contrast to our Airstream heat furnace which drains battery with every use.) Thus, they are ideal for boondocking and dry camping. 3000 BTUs is good. 6000? Twice as good! (Click the pic for more info.) Olympian Wave heaters are silent. There is no fan or blower noise. Due to the double platinum heating element, there is no significant production of carbon monoxide or other harmful waste gases. These heaters radiate heat directly to people and RV interiors without heating the air first, so warmth is felt immediately. Radiant heat is often compared to solar heat, since it’s the same type of heat generated by the sun. The Mac Daddy! 8000 BTUs of warmth. (Click the pic for more info.) They can be used as a primary or secondary heat source. In other words, you could have a second heat... Read more

REVIEW: Vaultz Storage Bags

January 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An organized RV is a happy RV. With this truth in mind, we are always seeking ways to better organize our Airstream travel trailer. Products like Vaultz Mesh Storage Bags ( can help. It’s a simple truth of RV travel: you never can have too much storage space. Products like Vaultz storage bags are useful in different ways. These are thoughtfully designed storage bags that hold small items like electronics, cables, and so forth. They help us maximize available storage space while also offering some unique organizational benefits. Four Vaultz bags and a can of coke. (Sorry, all we can offer you is diet!) Click the pic for more info. Vaultz bags are color coded, with colors including yellow, red, and orange along with black. The color coding really helps distinguish between bags in an instant. This is very helpful to me. For example, I use the colorful bags inside a larger black camera case. The colors really “pop’ when set next to black. Each bag has its own lanyard-style clip. This is useful for clipping the storage inside a larger bag or backpack. So far, so good. Zippers are positioned in a diagonal pattern across the bag. I think the idea is that more stuff can be placed inside the bag if the zippers are arranged in this fashion. You may or may not like this feature. Overall I suppose it is a nice design touch. The bags are mesh. In theory, this means you can see the objects inside. In reality? The mesh holes are so small, objects inside... Read more

Thoughts on YAMAHA Generators

December 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

DEAL: Anyone in the market for a nice generator should check out the Yamaha EF2000is (, which is currently on sale $100 off. If I was buying a generator, I’d buy it online for a significant savings. The lack of sales tax (in most states) is especially helpful on such a big ticket purchase. This is a high quality inverter generator that's quiet and reliable. (Click the pic for more info.) We own a Yamaha EF3000iSEB, the big brother of this EF2000is model. These are inverter generators that produce clean current at low noise levels. They are amazingly quiet and ideal for camping. Ever camped near someone using a noisy construction grade generator? Please – don’t be that guy. Nothing ruins a campground atmosphere faster than cranking one of those obnoxious construction generators. A campsite is not a construction site, and those construction generators are best parked next to bulldozers. A quality inverter generator is a fantastic piece of camping equipment. The key difference between the 2000 and the 3000 Yamaha models, obviously, is power output. Those of us who live in the hot humid South need a little extra juice to survive July. On a good day in a lower altitude climate, our 3000W Yamaha will power our Airstream travel trailer’s air-conditioning unit all by itself. Don’t expect the EF2000is to power an A/C by itself. But you can throw TVs, blenders, and hair dryers at it all day long. It will top off your RV batteries, recharge... Read more

Save $$$ with this Brilliant New Technology

November 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While it’s always helpful to have a battery tester ( to identify weak batteries, it’s even better when you can recharge the failing units and use them all over again. With the brilliant Sanyo Eneloop ( series, we can finally get quality rechargeable batteries that work the way we want – over and over again. Stop wasting money on disposable batteries. These are the best rechargeable batteries you can buy. These are by far the best rechargeable batteries you can buy. (Click the pic for more info.) When Sanyo began developing the Eneloop series of batteries in 2005, they built a better mousetrap. We’ve been using Eneloop batteries for years. The first batteries we purchased a few years ago are still going strong. I use both AA and AAA in our devices. Sanyo built a better mousetrap, err, battery with the Eneloop series. This technology rocks! (Click the pic for more info.) With the Eneloop series, Sanyo has vastly improved rechargeable battery performance. Depending on which model you choose, these can be recharged anywhere between 1000 and 1500 times. What’s more, they hold their charge for long periods of time. Eneloop batteries hold their charge. (Click the pic for more info.) The standard Sanyo Eneloop will maintain 75% of its charge even after three years of non-use! So when you grab a charged Eneloop battery, you’ll have confidence it will deliver the power you need. Also there’s no downside to... Read more

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